Took a walk downtown yesterday, to turn a library book back in, and to get out a little in general as it wasn’t raining. As usual while walking, I let my thoughts wander and a topic suggestion from WordPress came to mind. They had it up quite some time ago — I rarely take them up on them — but in this case, I remembered one comment: The suggested topic had something to do with ‘when do you think the world will end?‘ [or something like that], and one guy replied: «The day after I win the lottery!» I thought that was funny … and it would be so typical 🙂
There’s a lot of talk about that now … sometimes it’s supposed to end May 21st [or is it 20th], other times they say 2012 due to some Mayan that didn’t feel like calculating the calendar any longer. Some people seem to take precautions and I’ve never understood the point in that. If the wold is coming to an end, there’s really nothing you can do about it. Huh?!
Now I got sidetracked a bit here, because it was really another topic I was thinking about … ‘what would you do with a million bucks’, and how we change and mature over time. Values, for example! I don’t think I’d necessarily shop myself silly if I got a million bucks … there seem to be other things in life that are much more important. Peace of mind, for one. Just as I’m typing this I hear on CNN that this Strauss-Kahn guy made $440,000 a year. That’s more than what the President makes and I don’t think SK has much peace of mind right now, where he sits on Rikers Island.
Then again, there are thousands … millions, of people who can’t afford the luxury of thinking along those lines. If I had to sleep on top of a vent outside some restaurant in Washington D.C. for example … digging in garbage containers for something to eat, totally different issues would be on top of my mind. Not all of them have ended up there by choice [or perhaps wrong choices] and I have a great deal of compassion for all the people less fortunate than I. That being said … I think I’d try and do as much good as possible were I to get that much money. Saving just one life would somehow make my own life seem more worthwhile.
A long time ago, while waiting for a bus, I was approached by a little old man … obviously a boozer, asking for some change. I had a 50 [Swedish Crowns = $8] bill in my pocket — I don’t know what came over me, but at the spur of the moment, I gave it to him. I’m pretty sure he went straight into the nearest liquor store and bought some cheap wine or the likes … BUT, I tell you … I still think his facial expression was worth the money. Of course, I should have acted like all the righteous people I read and taken him to some food place, but this was like I said … the spur of the moment.
Now … I don’t have a million dollars, but my fridge is full and I have a great choice of what to have for breakfast. I’m very grateful for what I have.